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France, possibly Angers, ca. 1450
MS M.1020 fol. 23r

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Evangelist, John: Scene, on Patmos -- Evangelist John, nimbed, raising quill with right hand, holding scroll on lap with left hand, is seated on island. At left, Evangelist symbol (eagle), wings spread, holds strap of pen case with bill and with left claw, next to inkpot on ground. At right, is devil, horned, tongue protruding, winged, with claw feet, holding hook or grappling hook with left hand. Above, rays descend from arc of Heaven, edged with six winged (?) red cherubim, surrounding bust of God, nimbed, right hand raised in blessing, holding globe with left hand.
Scene in coastal landscape with trees, rocky outcrops and buildings in distance.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament

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